Lorinda Coombs, PhD, CNS, FNP-BC, AOCNP

Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, Campus Box #7460
Office: 4009
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Dr. Coombs earned her PhD at the University of California San Francisco in 2018 and completed a NIH T32-supported postdoctoral fellowship in Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Caregiving & End-of-Life Care (T32NR013456) at the College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is new faculty at the School of Nursing with a dual appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Coombs current research is in treatment decision making for older adults with cancer and values assessment.

Her current research funding is from the American Nurses Foundation with a grant for “Treatment Decision Making in Older Adults with Cancer: Measuring the Impact of Symptom Burden, Functional Status and Patient/Provider Communication”.

Dr. Coombs is active clinically and is an experienced hematology/oncology nurse practitioner with 17 years of experience across hematologic and solid malignancies.

Prior to earning her PhD and postdoctoral study, Dr. Coombs completed a post-master’s  Family Nurse Practitioner at University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA in 2003 and practiced as the first hematology nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, her previous clinical positions included hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Cancer Center in California.  She also taught quantitative measurement, advanced health assessment and research scholarship to graduate students at UCSF. She is very invested in social justice and equity issues, especially around educational opportunities.